Bicycle Thefts Increasing in Manhattan

Manhattan is known for its bicycle-friendly community with bike lanes and even a “Bicycle Boulevard” on Moro Street, but within the last few months a rise in bicycle thefts has some people looking for an alternate mode of transportation.

Locking up bicycles has surfaced as the issue in Manhattan with several thefts in the last three months. Riley County Police are saying that the location where the bicycle is locked has an impact on theft with some of the recent thefts of bicycles being out of sight in high traffic areas.

“We’ve had about 60 bicycle thefts in the last three months and that includes October,” Community Relations Officer Darla King says. “That’s about twice as many as we had this time last year.”

Local outdoor sports stores like the Pathfinder in Downtown Manhattan offer several types of locks to help keep bicycles secure. Dave Colburn, Owner of the Pathfinder, says locks can be affordable depending on a customer’s price range.

“Cable locks start in the $10-$15 range with the U-Locks varying from $25 to as much as $90.” Colburn says. “U-Locks are more secure and more difficult to break, but they are not nearly as convenient to use.”

For information on bicycle locks, you can call the Pathfinder at 539-5639.